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Employment Law

Discrimination & Harassment Lawyer in Madison

Hold Unlawful Employers Accountable for Their Actions

When you go to work, you should feel safe. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many employees. While it can seem easier to avoid confrontation by simply ignoring the problem, the law is on the side of the victims when it comes to workplace harassment and discrimination. At Shaffer & Shaffer, we understand the struggles employees face when it comes to doing the right thing, especially when employers threaten to fire them or destroy their career. We are here to take your side. You should not have to face these challenges alone. Call our Madison employment law attorney today for a free consultation to begin building your case.

Dial (304) 362-7088 now or contact our team online to get started building your case. Our firm has helped clients throughout Madison and Charleston for over a century.

Your Rights as an Employee

In West Virginia (and throughout the rest of the country), you are always protected by laws put in place by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). These laws ensure that you are judged only by your work performance and not mistreated due to some unrelated characteristic.

Under these laws, you are protected from discrimination due to your:

  • National origin
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion

These classes are protected throughout the entire employment process, from your initial interview on through to the end of your time at a given company. If you feel you were mistreated due to one of the above categories, it is crucial that you get in touch with a Madison employment law attorney right away. We can review the details of what happened and help you make a case in protection of your rights.

Harassment in the Workplace

Along with basic, fundamental respect for a person regardless of their appearance, employers and employees must treat others with professional respect. Many people have been subjected to mistreatment that leaves them feeling uncomfortable and unsafe. This is called harassment, and it is illegal in the workplace.

Types of illegal practices can include:

  • Sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual advances or “favors” with the expectation that they will be repaid by sexual means
  • Verbal bullying, such as name calling, insults, and derogatory statements that make a person feel unsafe
  • Physical threats of violence
  • Hate speech directed at a person’s physical characteristics
  • Cyberbullying that attacks a person through social media or elsewhere

These kinds of actions are never appropriate in the workplace. You need to get in touch with a Madison employment law attorney who can help you protect yourself.

Call Shaffer & Shaffer today to schedule your free consultation. Dial (304) 362-7088 now.